Elections – Cambridge Cycling Campaign

Elections

Local elections (City/SouthCambs), May 2010: Trumpington

Summary: Elections to Cambridge City Council (and South Cambs District Council) in May 2010.
Polling date: Thursday 6th May 2010
Ward:
Candidates
(by surname):
  • Ceri GALLOWAY  (Green Party)
  • Kenny LATUNDE-DADA  (Labour Party)
  • Julie Louise SIMPOLE-CLARKE  (Conservative Party)
  • Sheila STUART  (Liberal Democrat)

Questions for Trumpington ward candidates (5 questions)

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# Question 1

There is a major shortage of cycle parking all around the city. Cycle theft is over 10% of all reported crime in the County. Do you have any suggestions for locations for cycle parking? Would you be willing to see a very small proportion of on-street car parking being replaced by on-street cycle parking in your ward? How will you work towards a situation where every resident and every worker in every ward can keep a bike safe?

Ceri GALLOWAY
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Kenny LATUNDE-DADA
(Labour Party)

As a regular cyclist, I am aware of the marked shortage of appropriate and safe cycle parking relative to car parking particularly at the major termini around the city at the Railway and coach stations as well as across the city centre.

If elected as councillor, I aim to campaign enthusiastically on this issue in conjunction with other Labour councillors to bring into fruition the development of cycle parks either incorporated within existing car parks or separate cycle parks in secure, accessible and convenient areas.

Specifically to the Trumpington ward, I believe the semi-covered cycle park at Fenner's Lawn should be the model to be adopted in any future proposed cycle scheme across the city.

Julie Louise SIMPOLE-CLARKE
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Sheila STUART
(Liberal Democrat)

I feel the shortage of cycle parking in the city is more of an issue in areas such as the Station, and near retail centres. In Newtown, there is a major movement by residents to actually increase on-street carparking, so I believe any move to reduce residents carparking and replace it with cycle parking would be met with significant objection. I would have no objection to pay and display parking bays, of which there are many in Newtown, being replaced by cycle parking bays, should there be a need for them demonstrated in the area(s) in question.

# Question 2

Do you support our view that traffic policing (including fining of cyclists without lights or using pedestrian-only pavements) should become a greater police priority?

Ceri GALLOWAY
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Kenny LATUNDE-DADA
(Labour Party)

I do agree that increased traffic policing is required to deter and to apprehend errant cyclists.

In the absence of compulsory insurance and licensing, I believe that this is the only means to making the streets and pavements safer for pedestrians, motorists and yes cyclists as well.

Julie Louise SIMPOLE-CLARKE
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Sheila STUART
(Liberal Democrat)

Absolutely and unequivocally. We raise this at Area Committee on a regular basis. I personally come into contact with cyclists using pedestrian-only pavements almost daily, and frequently challenge them myself, with predictable responses. This is also a matter which is raised regularly in my ward's various residents association meetings.

# Question 3

We believe that 20mph should be the norm for local streets in residential areas (as distinct from main connecting roads). 20mph would: greatly encourage walking and cycling; improve the quality of life in an area for residents; and would not delay car journeys significantly (because only the start/end of a journey would be affected). Do you agree that 20mph should become the norm for local streets in Cambridge and surrounding villages?

Ceri GALLOWAY
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Kenny LATUNDE-DADA
(Labour Party)

I agree with this in principle and will support it subject to a thorough investigation jointly by both the city and county councils as to its viability and feasibility. I also support the efforts of Labour Councillors on this.

Julie Louise SIMPOLE-CLARKE
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Sheila STUART
(Liberal Democrat)

Yes, and this is something I have campaigned for in the past. A blanket 20mph speed would also negate the need for traffic calming in certain areas, which is something that is regularly requested by local residents but is difficult to achieve because of the difficulty in funding such projects.

# Question 4

Will you actively support the early construction of pedestrian and cyclist access to the guided busway maintenance track especially through the new development at the end of Clarendon Road and through the Cambridge University Press site?

Ceri GALLOWAY
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Kenny LATUNDE-DADA
(Labour Party)

In addition to lending my support to the construction of more adequate cycle parking venues in Trumpington and across the city, I am also in favour of increasing cycle and pedestrian access across the city. Thus, I shall be in favour of cycle lanes along the guided busway which will also serve as a more secure route for cyclists currently having to negotiate heavy traffic along the congested alternative routes.

Julie Louise SIMPOLE-CLARKE
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Sheila STUART
(Liberal Democrat)

Yes - this is something that will be of great benefit to residents of my ward.

# Question 5

Do you have any other general cycling-related comments or points? And what support have you given for cycling and walking, or sustainable transport more generally, in the past?

Ceri GALLOWAY
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Kenny LATUNDE-DADA
(Labour Party)

In the past I have worked unofficially with Labour Councillor colleagues on a variety of cycling issues which plague the city.

I have also in conjunction with the Trumpington Residents Association raised the issue of implementing a cycle track alongside the new guided busway development.

Julie Louise SIMPOLE-CLARKE
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Sheila STUART
(Liberal Democrat)

My bicycle is my primary means of transport around the city, and I strongly support the fostering of an environment in the city where car drivers, cyclists and pedestrians can co-exist. This, I feel, is one of the biggest issues facing us. The city was not designed to accommodate as much traffic on the roads as it currently does, and a climate of sharing must be developed. All too frequently car drivers (and bus drivers!) take the attitude that cyclists are simply 'in the way', which in turn forces less confident cyclists onto the pavements, which puts pedestrians at risk.

As I have not personally been involved in many transport-related committees whilst on the Council, I cannot claim to have given support, but the Liberal Democrat group are very much in favour of sustainable transport generally, and improving cycling facilities in particular. As a member of the Planning Committee I have pressed for adequate cycle parking provision when planning applications are considered in committee.

Camcycle is a non-partisan body. All candidates are given an equal opportunity to submit their views. Information published by Camcycle (Cambridge Cycling Campaign), The Bike Depot, 140 Cowley Road, Cambridge, CB4 0DL.